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Sponsor withdraws British cycling funding over chiefs’ ‘unacceptable’ ban on trans riders

Sponsor withdraws British cycling funding over chiefs' 'unacceptable' ban on trans riders

British Cycling ‘s decision to suspend its policy allowing transgender and non-binary athletes continues to have an impact after a key sponsor withdrew funding for…

Wednesday, Apr 13

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British Cycling ‘s decision to suspend its policy allowing transgender and non-binary athletes continues to have an impact after a key sponsor withdrew funding for the 2022 CiCLE Classic.

Peter Stanton said he would be "letting down" friends and colleagues in the transgender community if he did not take a stand against those actions. The change attracted further attention after transitioned athlete Emily Bridges— a former junior men’s star—was prevented from competing in the British Omnium Championships despite lowering her testosterone to the necessary levels.

The withdrawal of funding meant the women’s CiCLE Classic and junior men’s edition of the race were at risk of being cancelled unless they recovered the £15,000 shortfall. However, organisers confirmed on Wednesday the June 19 events will go ahead as planned following a "phenomenal response" to their urge for help. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says transgender women shouldn’t compete in women’s sport Dutch Olympian Milan Vader in "stable" condition after horrific cycling incident Stanton is described as being instrumental to the creation of the women’s CiCLE Classic, which form part of the British Cycling Women’s National Road Series. He criticised the decision to pause the policy pending a full review, temporarily putting several races at the Leicestershire event in peril.

"I am desperately saddened by the Emily Bridges case and the actions that it has prompted me to take," he said. "The transgender policy adopted by British Cycling had been the result of a full consultation process and was believed to have been working well until […]

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